The Hermès H08 Returns in Deep Blue Titanium

Firmly embedded in the masculine universe of the French Maison, the Hermès H08 watch combines tension and fluidity, robustness and delicacy. This recent signature with its assertive style flaunts its pluralistic nature in an intense shade of blue.

Created in 2021 by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director, Hermès Horloger, the Hermès H08 watch combines rigorous discipline with high standards. As sporty as it is elegant, it features a strong aesthetic dimension and plays with shapes and materials.

The Hermès H08 watch is a finely balanced object embodying the harmonious interaction of opposites and contrasts. Shaped by attention to detail and accurate skills, it is distinguished by a graphic connection between all its components that represents a true style signature. Its geometric lines reveal a bold style involving a circular dial with singular typography, framed by a case with softened edges.

Its deep blue titanium 39 mm case is topped by a black ceramic bezel and screw-down crown. A play of textures and finishes highlights the blue PVD-treated dial, punctuated by white Arabic numerals and orange accents, the signature colour of the Maison. The black hands indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the date between 4 and 5 o’clock. are driven by a mechanical self-winding movement.

Inside the blue titanium case is a movement of fine nature. The calibre H1837 inside the H08 is made at the Vaucher manufacture (In 2006, Hermès acquired a 25% stake in Vaucher, a sister company of Parmigiani). Operating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, this high-grade automatic movement can store up to 50 hours of power reserve. The rotor and bridges are decorated with the Maison’s signature H pattern.

A blue rubber strap with a black DLC titanium buckle underscores its sporty spirit and creates an urban and contemporary look echoing the world of Hermès men’s ready-to-wear.

The Hermès H08 Deep Blue Titanium watch is released now at Hermès boutiques and is priced at USD 8,250. For more details, come into the beautiful and timeless world of Hermès.

Encapsulating History and Innovation: The Jean Bugatti Timepiece

One of the most complex and innovative chronographs ever created, befitting the Bugatti legacy: the Jacob & Co. x Jean Bugatti timepiece.

The Jean Bugatti timepiece is perhaps the most demanding watchmaking project ever undertaken by Jacob & Co, named after a visionary pioneer. Jean was the eldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, born in 1909 – the same year Ettore set up his new company in Molsheim, Alsace.

As a child, Jean loved to watch Bugatti’s craftsmen passionately designing and building cars – every single component a work of art. Later, Jean would visit his grandfather, Carlo, in Paris, as often as he could, where he was inspired by his furniture creations that mixed styles, cultures and materials.

Jean would one day lead Bugatti, designing such masterpieces as the duotone Type 50 series, the Type 41 Royale with the longest wheelbase ever created, and the Type 57SC Atlantic. Its signature design feature was its raised seam running vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet to the tail – proportions unknown in the automotive world at the time.

Limited to just 57 units, the Jean Bugatti timepiece is a tribute to this extraordinary innovator, representing his avant-garde and artistic automotive interpretations. Just as Jean Bugatti’s automotive designs defied established trends, so does this eponymous timepiece. It is one of the most sophisticated timepieces to be released in recent years and enters a territory that Jacob & Co. has never explored. The Jean Bugatti may just be Jacob & Co.’s most demanding watchmaking project ever.

The development and manufacturing of the Jean Bugatti presented a series of intense challenges. Made of a total of 470 components, the delicate, wafer-thin design of many parts is extraordinary, considering the immense pressures and forces they are subjected to. The management of forces and energy within the movement is highly complex, and immediately apparent when the caseback is revealed. The movement’s architecture is three-dimensional and a sight to behold in and of itself.

It has a round case, a round bezel, short and elaborate lugs, mushroom pushers, a full-polished rose gold, or white gold case. With its elegant cursive numerals, blued hands, blue or cream-white dial, the 46-mm Jean Bugatti would almost look tame if it weren’t for its unique layout.

The two openings on the dial harbor a pair of one-minute flying tourbillons. Their cage design is topped by the iconic Bugatti ‘EB’ logo, manufactured in polished steel. The Jean Bugatti tells the hours and minutes thanks to a pair of red, inward-pointing hands located on the dial’s rim. The pair of short, blued hands anchored in the middle of the dial are the chronograph hands.

Capturing Jean Bugatti’s style and creative flair within a single timepiece is a challenging task, yet Jacob & Co. is the perfect brand partner to achieve this. Jean’s spirit remains strong within the walls of Molsheim, as our designers and engineers continue to draw inspiration from his near century-old creations. With this latest timepiece, wearers can enjoy an entirely new standard of sophistication and meticulous attention to detail – the very same step-change Bugatti makes with each of its new hyper sports cars.

Wiebke Ståhl, Managing Director of Bugatti International

The first, longer one stands for the chronograph’s seconds units. The shorter denotes the chronograph’s tens of seconds. When each one of those reaches the end of its course, it jumps backward, thus defining a double retrograde chronograph. The chronograph is powered and regulated autonomously with a separate barrel and a high-frequency regulating organ.

Benjamin Arabov, CEO of Jacob & Co., added: “Designing and developing the Jean Bugatti has been an exciting and rewarding experience. Our partnership with Bugatti is taking on this new shape, and even though it feels comfortably classic, the watch is really something else. This timepiece is a new design direction compared to our existing collections, but it goes to show that great figures make for great inspiration”.

Applying these historic design elements, coming from Bugatti’s glorious past, is a fascinating supplement to the contemporary hypercar inspiration. And we rose to the challenge with a groundbreaking movement that redefines how a chronograph operates. This is the way Jacob & Co. defies and exceeds expectations. Come into the beautiful worlds of Jacob & Co and Bugatti.

Piaget Opened Its New Boutique In Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

New Piaget boutique in Rodeo Drive, which opened few days ago, showcase a magnificent facade, a unique interior designed in collaboration with a Californian designer, a new space modularity and an artistic collaboration to revive the Piaget society spirit.

Step inside Piaget’s new Rodeo Drive Boutique. On the outsie, the façade is inspired by Milanese Mesh, their artisanal mastery of gold weaving. On the inside, an immersive experience mixing art convival experiences with exhibitions curated with exhibitions curated in partnership with RAD.

Vitit now to discover the first of their series, modern pop artist Alia Penner and immerse yourself in Piaget’s Rodeo Drive Boutique. Come into the beautiful world of Piaget.

Breitling Unveiled its Flagship Shop with a Cafe and Restaurant

Breitling boutiques are typically designed as chic industrial lofts that combine vintage and contemporary design elements to showcase their luxury pieces. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest space boasts 8,000 square feet, located in the fashionable Hannam district of Seoul, South Korea, and will become its flagship location.

In addition to the retail space, which showcases Breitling’s latest watch collection in an aviation-inspired atmosphere, the watchmaker opened its first Breitling Kitchen with a Breitling Cafe. The space moves beyond the typical design confines of retail to include a cafe and restaurant area under the same roof.

This hybrid design encourages customers to enjoy the flagship location through a unique dining experience. By combining retail and food, the shop will become a top destination in the area.

Come into the beautiful world of Breitling.

Baume & Mercier Celebrates Modern Art Master Pierre Soulages With Limited Edition Hampton

Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier has paid tribute to the work of modern art master Pierre Soulages with a Hampton model inspired by his work.

The Baume & Mercier Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ takes its inspiration from a series of paintings created by Soulages that later became known as ‘Outrenoir’. The paintings are coated in black paint in “various states, textured into low relief with tools and brushes” revealing its nature through a play of light.

With the support of the Musée Soulages – which houses an unrivalled collection of the painter’s works – and the Association des Amis du Musée, Baume & Mercier approached 102-year-old Soulages about the project.

Baume & Mercier chose the Hampton model for its transposition of an ‘Outrenoir’ work into a timepiece. The iconic Hampton asserts a rectangular dial and case evoking the proportions of a canvas. Since its launch in 1994, the Hampton has represented the ultimate non-round watch. It is distinctive for its design, inherited from one of the Maison’s models dating from the 1960s that was in turn inspired by the Art Deco of the 1920s.

The aesthetic approach to clean, curved lines and perfect proportion demonstrates the artistic sense that is so important to the House. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the model has taken the Greek letter Phi – a reference to the golden ratio – as its emblem. The formal minimalism and understatement of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ helps to showcase this tribute to Pierre Soulages’ artwork, while the restraint of the refined timepiece echoes the purity that characterizes his paintings.

Even the exclusive case in which the watch is presented pays tribute to the contemporary architecture of Musée Soulages, designed by the Catalan RCR Arquitectes who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017. The cladding of the building is made up of Corten steel, which has an appearance of iridescent rust.

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’. The watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting.

Here, again, is the question of time and the patina that it creates. The timepiece will be accompanied by a leaflet telling details of the collaboration and a VIP pass for two for the Musée Soulages in Rodez. A book on the work of Pierre Soulages will also be sent to each owner of a Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’.

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’. A watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting. Shrinking meters down into millimeters is a thrilling transformation.

Baume & Mercier makes use of new 3D printing technologies for this achievement. The preparatory work was an adventure of great consideration, trial-and-error, and finally success. Through a meticulous topography, advanced research and 3D wax printing, the ideal procedure was finally found: one that would liberate the volumes, reveal the details and bring out the beauty of this work in a continual interaction between shade and light. For the dial, brass machined with a laser was found to suitably meet this challenge.

Candia stone is used to create a diffuse matte effect, and an electroplating process is then applied to coat it with color through electrolysis to a thickness of 0.2 microns. One last coat of sheer, semi-matte protective lacquer to a thickness of 10 microns, and the piece is finished: black yet wreathed in light, filled with masterful contrasts.

The faceted brass ‘glaive’ hands are diamond-ground, sand-blasted, and then coated with black PVD. A touch of gold is added to the end of each one on request by Pierre Soulages in order to elegantly emphasize the passage of time. The case, sculpted in a stainless steel block, is sand-blasted and then coated with hydrogenated amorphous carbon ions through plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) to a thickness of 2 microns, providing a hardness of 6,000 Vickers.

Each material and finish is more ingenious than the last, capturing and sculpting the light, borrowing from the artist’s strokes to bring movement to the shapes and rhythm to the material. The self-winding mechanical Swiss caliber (ETA 2892) features a black oscillating weight adorned with a ‘Côtes de Genève’ that can be seen through the transparent watch back.

The back bears a ‘Hommage à Mr Soulages’ engraving. ‘Baume & Mercier’ appears as a metallic engraving on the underside of the domed sapphire crystal. Both sides of the crystal feature an anti-glare treatment to ensure that the image of the painting remains perfectly intact.

To intensify the chromatic depth of the watch, it comes complete with a built-in interchangeable strap in black nubucked alligator leather with square scales and a nubuck finish that fastens with a pin buckle in DLC steel.

This unique timepiece, of an exceptional technical and aesthetic complexity, offers a harmonious play on contrasting blacks through subtle nuances of mattes, semi-mattes, shine and diffuse layers, in keeping with the spirit of Pierre Soulages’ work. The strength of black is majestically represented in this tribute to the paintings of one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Baume & Mercier will produce the ‘Hampton Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ on demand in an edition limited to 102 individually numbered pieces, reflecting Soulages age. Each owner will receive two VIP passes to Musée Soulages and a book on the work of Pierre Soulages.

The Baume & Mercier Hampton ‘Hommage à Pierre Soulages’ will be produced on demand in an edition limited to 102 (reflecting the age of the artist) individually numbered watches. It will be available exclusively upon pre-order from February 9th on the Maison’s website.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Baume & Mercier.

Panerai Releases Commemorative Luminor Geneva Boutique Special Edition

Panerai is the product of distinct traditions rooted in two countries: the sophistication of Swiss watchmaking artistry and an illustrious history of design inheritance from Italy. Situated at 21 Rue du Rhône in Geneva, in one of the most prestigious streets in the world, Panerai proudly unveils its unprecedented flagship store: two whole floors characterized by innovative modularity and Italian design blend physical and digital features to deliver a unique sensorial experience. To mark the opening of its new boutique, Panerai commemorates a waterproof timepiece ingenuity in the watchmaking sphere.

Upon entering the boutique, Panerai’s iconic luminous green wall clock may be the first element to grab customers’ attention, but one of the most striking novelties is the presence of a large videowall on which product can be impressively projected and magnified.

To reinforce this principle of experiential interaction, underneath the staircase leading to the second floor is a corner dedicated to the Laboratorio di Idee, a wall with portholes that “allows customers to touch and see Panerai’s philosophy of creating and developing new materials and movements in a transformative and sustainable way” states Creative Director Alvaro Maggini.

This core vision comprised of sustainable building and transformation is echoed in the modular lounge on the second floor. A stunning room with Italian furniture and iconic design pieces adorn the bright space, complemented by Italian literature and design books and, of course, some of the most prestigious high complication and special edition Panerai references.

The lounge can undergo a rapid transformation and become an elegant dining room in occasion of press and client events. When not in the lounge, clients are invited to visit the next-door bar area.

The bar in Art Deco style comprises one of the main elements in this area, a dual space that functions both as a café and drinks bar as well as an interactive rotating shelf through which customers can play and discover their favorite strap and case combination. A moveable platform follows the curve of the bar and allows customers to enjoy an Italian coffee or signature aperitivo during the experience.

The bottom of the bar structure is composed of ten containers holding ten different coffee beans from around the world, turning a core component of Italian culture and habit into an impressive piece of art.

An original Vespa from 1956 and a beautiful library housing glassless product displays and Italian vintage elements complete the setting. A modular stand-alone display shelf area can be used to highlight the novelties of the moment or major partnerships: when needed however, these shelves can be folded down onto themselves to create further walking space.

The peak of the floor’s animation however is in the shape of a curious periscope, behind which customers can see relevant Panerai stories unfold. This new creative concept, ‘Modularità Espressiva’, will be soon adopted in Panerai boutiques all over the world, redesigning the brands’ relationship with its customers.

To commemorate the boutiques’s grand opening, Panerai has unveiled the Luminor Geneva Boutique Special Edition.

The LGBSE is limited to 121 units during production and features a matte black 44mm case designed of titanium. The first-ever gradient dial will accompany the P.5000 internal movement, accented by Arabic numerals illuminated in neon green. In line with previous Panerai models, the manually wound caliber delivers an eight-day power reserve and inertia balance courtesy of Glucydur.

Engraved on the case back is an elegant mural of Geneva’s landmark Jet d’Eau fountain, accompanied by two interchangeable straps: a recycle-based PET strap and a green rubber strap. The waterproof timepiece commemorates the Italian watchmakers ingenuity in the watchmaking sphere, marking the opening of its experiential concept store in Geneva.

The timepiece is exclusive to the Panerai Geneva Boutique and retails for $9,700 EUR (approximately $10,815 USD). Come into the beautiful world of Panerai.

Omega Speedmaster makes another trip to space in Moonfall blockbuster

Omega’s Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ is forever associated with man’s first lunar landing, but that may not resonate with today’s zennial bitcoin billionaires who prefer points of reference blasting at them from their Instagram feeds. The Speedmaster Professional, has been spotted on the wrist of the astronaut hero of forthcoming sci-fi action movie, ‘Moonfall’.

Helmed by ‘Independence Day’ director Roland Emmerich, ‘Moonfall’ sees the moon fall out of orbit and into a collision course with Earth. Patrick Wilson plays former astronaut Brian Harper, who is called upon to lead a mission into space to save the planet. Wilson can be seen wearing the 42mm stainless steel Speedmaster Moonwatch powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861.

The Speedmaster was the first watch to be worn on the moon in 1969, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface for the first time. One scene in the movie depicts Harper using the Speedmaster to keep track his remaining time before disaster echoing the real-life use of the chronograph to time a mission-critical burn during the infamous Apollo 13 mission.

‘Moonfall’ premieres on February 4 and also stars Halle Berry, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu and Donald Sutherland.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Omega.

Nick Boulle to Contend in Prestigious 60th Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona with Hardpoint

No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 R

Nick Boulle of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, will compete in the historic 60th Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona January 29-30. Boulle joins Hardpoint with a new driver line up including team principal, Rob Ferriol, alongside co-drivers Katherine Legge and Stefan Wilson in the No. 99 GridRival/GNARLY Jerky/de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Since its inaugural running in 1966, the Rolex 24 has taken place on the Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile combined road course, which consists of the tri-oval as well as the infield road course. As the jewel in the crown of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the historic race marks the start of the 2022 season, which features competition in five classes: the headlining Daytona Prototype International (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP2), and the new GTD PRO class. This year, a full entry list of 60 cars, including 25 entries coming from the prototype ranks and 35 from the GT paddock will compete.

I’m really looking forward to racing in this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. I’ve been fortunate to run at Daytona several times now and I think it’s one of the most challenging races mentally. There are more difficult tracks out there, but at Daytona, there are so few places to rest as a driver.

Nick Boulle

Boulle brings years of experience on the world’s greatest endurance racecourses including Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and Daytona. This will be the sixth time Boulle has competed in this race. His greatest notoriety may be when he became the first certified Rolex retailer to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the LMPC class with Performance Tech Motorsports in 2017. In addition, Boulle has previously secured several podium placements. This is the second time Boulle has raced with Wilson and the first with Ferriol and Legge. The team will compete in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

Nick Boulle

“We have a strong team and a superior car,” said Boulle. “I’ve been racing the Porsche 911 GT3 R for years, and it is meant to rise to all challenges on the track”.

“Nick and I are cut from the same cloth,” said Ferriol. “Focus, determination, and perseverance will help us in fighting for that podium finish”.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona will take the green flag on Saturday, January 29 at 1:40 pm EST. The race will be broadcast on a mixture of NBC broadcast and streaming properties.

A week before the main event, a 100-minute qualifying race known as the Motul Pole Award 100 will set the grid for the main 24-hour race that starts on January 29th. The annual Roar Before the 24 takes place January 21-23. 

Mark Ronson signs on as Audemars Piguet Brand Ambassador

The uncompromising and free-spirited approach to music from the internationally renowned DJ & Oscar, Golden Globe and seventh time Grammy Award winning artist and producer strongly resonates with the brand’s identity at the crossroads of tradition and avant-garde

Audemars Piguet recently announced British-American DJ, songwriter and record producer Mark Ronson as the latest brand ambassador of the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. Having made his debut as a DJ in New York in the late 90’s and having received much acclaim for his blend of funk, hip-hop and rock, he has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Queens of the Stone Age, to name but a few.

“It is such a pleasure to work with someone like Mark who constantly pushes us to go further and seek excellence in everything we do”, explains Audemars Piguet’s CEO François-Henry Bennahmias. “We have found each other”.

Of particular note, Audemars Piguet’s partnership with Mark Ronson also fits in with its music program, the APxMusic initiative, debuted in 2019, through which the brand fosters enriching dialogues amongst artists and invites the community to live unique encounters brimming with emotions. Moreover, as Brand Ambassador, Mark Ronson will accompany Audemars Piguet in its mission to push human talent further to create the extra-ordinary and touch people’s heart.

With Ronson, the Swiss watchmaker continues to express itself at the intersection between tradition and avant-garde via his uncompromising and free-spirited approach to making music.

As part of Audemars Piguet’s objective to push human talent even further and produce the remarkable to touch people’s hearts, the watchmaker is hoping that Mark Ronson can contribute. Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has helped the artisan community in the Vallée de Joux, who share the same values to bring this idea to realization. Audemars Piguet Head of Complications Michael Friedman talks with Ronson over a cup of coffee to discuss the brand.

Audemars Piguet Head of Complications Michael Friedman talks with Ronson over a cup of coffee to discuss the brand.

“Being in AP’s factory, I really noticed this attention to detail and this combination of analogue instruments and soulful maestros who make watches. It is so similar to what we are doing in the studio with our heritage, in the sense of dedication and craft”, elaborates Mark Ronson in closing.

Come into the beautiful world of Audemars Piguet.

Harry Winston Opens New Salon In Milan

Harry Winston Milan Salon

Founded in 1932 in New York City, Harry Winston still sets standards in the production of fine jewelry and high-quality watches. From acquiring some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope, Winston Legacy and Winston Blue diamonds, to jeweling Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is for more than eight decades.

Today the legendary ‘King of Diamonds’ and international luxury brand, announces the opening of its new retail salon in Milan, Italy. The salon is located in Via Montenapoleone, one of the most prestigious and noble shopping centers in the world. It houses Harry Winston’s exquisite jewelry and watch collections, including the finest diamonds and rarest gemstones available today.

The new, 3,821-square-foot salon is designed to reflect the elegance and intimacy of a private property. The house’s signature color palette of soft taupe and gray is used throughout, complementing classic Winston elements such as custom-made lacquers, bronze accents, and antique bronze furniture with immaculate marble floors and bespoke crystal chandeliers.

The interior design consists of special galleries for bridal fashions and collections that highlight the breadth of Harry Winston’s exceptional offer while offering customers the very personal shopping experience known to the house. Private showrooms provide the ideal environment for a discreet and truly luxurious shopping experience. Come into the beautiful world of Harry Winston.

Harry Winston
Via Montenapoleone 14
20121 Milano
Italy